My friend Meggan is a master thrifter. I’m not sure what qualifications are required for that title, but whatever they are, she has ’em. A while back she texted me from the thrift shop with a heads up on a sweet desk. It had been marked down and she could tell it had potential. Luckily Mr. Q was available that day, so I sent him right over to nab it.
Its biggest problem was that it was GRUNGY! Someone had treated this poor thing like crap. It was also missing a couple of handles as you can see. That’s OK, I didn’t love them anyway. But otherwise it was structurally sound and the drawers open and close as smooth as silk.
Oddly enough, each drawer had 3 holes for hardware …
… which leads me to believe that the original hardware had been swapped out at some point anyway.
I started by stripping the top of the desk and while that was percolating, I filled two holes on each drawer just leaving the center hole. To accomplish that I always put a piece of painters tape over the back of the hole so that I don’t loose any filler out the back, then I fill with wood filler. In this case I used Elmer’s Wood Filler in Mahogany. I let the first load of fill dry, then went back and topped off each hole. Once dry again, I sanded to make it smooth.
Remember last Friday when I mentioned that my sister said she preferred stained and poly’ed over rustic and waxed? Well, she was looking at the Dragonfly dresser and this desk side by side when she said that.
You can’t blame her for preferring this look, it is gorgeous. This is Dark Walnut gel stain topped with a matte finish wipe on poly.
I seem to paint a lot of desks black. I’m not sure why that is except that they always turn out so fantastic. There is just something about pairing black paint with a wood top on a desk that appeals to me. This time I used Little Billy Goat’s Old Pickup (which is the name of their black). Here’s a funny side story. Whenever I try a new brand and/or color of paint, I always go to pinterest first to see if I can find any finished pieces in that brand and color. So I entered “Little Billy Goat Old Pickup” into the search field on pinterest, and here is what I got.
Bwa ha ha, kinda literal, huh?
What I did not get was any sort of photo of furniture painted in this paint. I want to change that, so could y’all please pin some of these next few photos for me?
I want to mention that this is just one coat of paint. I’ve talked before about how the Little Billy Goat paint goes on thick if you don’t water it down a little. Sometimes it works great to just leave it thick and get away with one coat.
Next thing I want to mention is that this paint distresses extremely easily. I just use fine sandpaper for my distressing, but you can also use a damp paper towel which will take the paint right off. Keeping that in mind, you definitely have to top coat this paint with either wax or a sealer of some kind.
This time around I used a new black wax that Little Billy Goat will be adding to their product line up soon. I don’t have all of the details about this product yet, so I was just kind of winging it. I applied lightly with a rag, waited a couple of minutes and then buffed with a clean old sock. It went on quite easily. I felt like it didn’t require nearly as much elbow grease as some of the other waxes on the market.
The black wax sort of reminded me of shoe polish in appearance.
I will warn you though, it does have that chemical-ish smell that I’m not too fond of. This is one that I would reserve for use in my outdoor workshop, or a well ventilated room.
That being said, I loved the results of the black wax over the black paint. It gave me a deep, rich black color.
The level of sheen is contingent upon how much you want to buff it. I’d say I stopped at a mid-point. If I had kept buffing I could have gone shinier, but for me this sheen is perfect. I will definitely continue using this black wax on my future black pieces.
There was no getting out of lining the drawers on this one. As I mentioned earlier, the previous owner had not taken good care of it. Which was too bad because some of the drawers were in good shape and the wood bottoms were lovely, but others were a mess. So I lined all of them.
When it came time to put some knobs back on, I checked my stash and I had 4 of these Hobby Lobby knobs that were a perfect fit.
Luckily I was able to find 4 more at my local store since I needed 8 of them.
I’m beginning to realize that I should be picking up single chairs when I see them at garage sales so that I have some to pair up with desks. I don’t have a chair to go with this desk. I used my super chippy farmhouse chair for staging some of the photos, but it’s not quite the right partner for the desk.
Note to self: buy chairs!
Note to you: buy desk (that’s not very subliminal is it?)!